By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
AMMAN, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan-–President Duterte touched down in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to begin his three-day historic visit in the Arab state.
Duterte arrived in Amman at 5:17 p.m. Wednesday afternoon (Jordan time) after making a four-day visit to Israel. Like in the Holy Land, Duterte is also the first sitting Philippine president to visit Jordan.
Duterte is in Jordan upon the invitation of King Abdullah II. The President will have a restricted meeting with His Majesty and His delegation at the Al Husseinieh Palace Courtyard on Thursday.
After meeting the King, Duterte will then attend a business forum to entice Jordanian businessmen to invest in the Philippines.
During his last day in Amman, Duterte will meet with members of the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace before leaving for Davao the same night. There are around 40,000 Filipinos living and working in Jordan as of 2017.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier said that Duterte’s visit to Jordan will mark historic milestones, benefit trade, and strengthen relationships with the Arab nation.
DFA Undersecretary Ernesto Abella had said that Duterte’s visit will be an opportunity to return the visit of the late King Hussein who visited the Philippines on March 1, 1976. The late king’s visit also marks the formal establishment of the diplomatic relations between Jordan and the Philippines.
“With Jordan, We’re elevating our relationship with the Kingdom with the first ever visit of a Filipino president to Jordan on the 6th to the 8th of September 2018,” he had said.
Abella also earlier said that during Duterte’s visit, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the employment of domestic workers, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on labor cooperation will be signed.
The government is also set to ink an MOU on defense cooperation; while an investment agreement with Jordan Investment Commission, and enhancement of two-way trade and investments are also expected.
Aside from the said agreements, Abella said that the Philippines is also to enhance foreign relations with Jordan through political consultations.